With Romney’s “surprise” victory in Michigan dominating the headlines this morning, the media circus that is the Republican primaries continues to command the full attention of American journalists and is likely to continue to do so well into the summer.This is a shame. The primaries thus far have completely failed to surprise. Romney is still in the lead, and his conservative opponents are still divided and unable to capitalize on the base’s obvious discontent with the frontrunner. The media has spilled gallons of ink analyzing the rise and fall of any number of obviously flawed minor candidates, but it appears increasingly unlikely that anyone besides Romney will be the nominee, which most smart observers were expecting from the beginning. If you haven’t been following this race, you haven’t been missing much.The most significant development in the Republican race so far has been the marginalization of Ron Paul as a serious candidate or spokesperson for American conservatism. Despite a loyal following which includes significant support from many in the media (including a few on the left), Paul has been unable to break out of the bottom tier in any significant way. The GOP base just isn’t buying what Paul is selling.Soon the primaries will be over, and we can get back to following real news.
Thoughts on the Primary: Not Real News
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